Chapter 7 Bankruptcy – Pre-Filing Information For Clients

Once you hire us for your Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, the wheels are automatically set in motion.  We start to compile information, draft your bankruptcy documents, and get things ready for you.

We want to help you move ahead with your life as quickly as possible.  Here’s what needs to happen.

Your Chapter 7 bankruptcy case can’t be filed until all of the following happen:

  1. your Retainer Agreement is signed by you as well as by an attorney in our firm;
  2. all legal fees are paid in full;
  3. all documents have been provided to our office;
  4. your credit counseling certification has been completed; and
  5. your petition, schedules and related documents are signed so that they may be filed with the court.

Who To Speak With In Our Office

Until your case is filed, you’ll be speaking with Stefanie Devery in our office.

Stefanie is a lawyer with many years of experience – she’s NOT a secretary, paralegal or non-lawyer assistant.

Stefanie can be reached as follows:

Phone: 646.722.8649 x708
Fax: 646.349.7624

Stefanie’s sole job is to help make it easier for you to get into court quickly and easily.

One note – Stefanie does not work in our main office. She works from her home.  Therefore, do not bring documents into the office – we accept documents only by email or fax to Stefanie.

How To Get Documents To Us

When you were in the office you received a list of documents we need to complete your case.

The best ways to get documents to us are by fax or email; if you are mailing or bringing documents to us, please do NOT bring or mail originals.

We are an environmentally-friendly office, and send all paper documents to recycling immediately. So if you give us originals, you may not get them back.

One note – we will always need to have updated paystubs, bank statements, mortgage statements and car loan bills up to the moment that your case is filed with the court. Therefore, it’s in your best interests to fax or email us a copy of each and every paystub as soon as you receive it.

Answers To Our Most Frequently-Asked Questions

  • What is my case number?
  • Why do I need to pay all of my legal fees before the case is filed?
  • I need copies of those documents you gave me!
  • I’m self-employed or freelance – what do I do?
  • How do I get an appraisal of my real estate?
    • I am giving up my house – what do you need from me, and why?
  • Why do I need to provide my spouse’s information if they’re not filing bankruptcy with me?
  • Why do you need to know about the people who live with me?
  • What do I do when the phone rings?
  • What do I do with the new bills and collection letters?
  • What if I get lawsuit papers?
  • What’s the deal with credit counseling?
  • How do I make an appointment to sign my bankruptcy papers?

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